2008 Audi R8: Is This Texas or Copland?
June 19, 2008
Between Sheffield, Texas and beautiful El Paso there's a cop every 27 feet of I-10. I'm not kidding. For several hundred miles we've witnessed the most condensed concentration of police we've ever seen on any road anywhere.
Still, we're ticket free, baby...
And it has nothing to do with our sticking to the speed limit. I got a new radar detector. I needed one bad. Picked up a Passport 9500i from the friendly folks at Escort and let me tell you, it's the greatest thing since the female. Saved our asses at least 30 times.
Somehow that little black box sniffs out Johnny Law over hills and around corners. And it tells you how fast you're going. The people at Escort figured out that your eyes go to their device (in stead of your cars speedometer) the second it sounds the alarm, so they gave it GPS capability and a speed readout for the first few seconds of an alert. Brilliant.
It also can detect five different signals; X-band, K-band, Ka-band, Ku-band, POP and laser, and the signal strength.
Screw getting an iPod, or a Blackberry, or a calculator watch, the Passport 9500i is the greatest personal electronic device of our time. Trust me, without it we'd be walking home. Or worse, calling mom for bail money.
Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 8,457 miles